Birthday parties at Dodge Nature Center are a terrific experience for kids ages 3 and up. Held entirely outdoors, the one-hour party starts with a Dodge naturalist hosting a fun nature activity that fits the season with time at the end for cake and other fun you plan.
Spend the birthday party with a Dodge Naturalist doing an activity infused with nature. Your Naturalist host will make sure the fun activity is the best fit for the age group and season.
Due to recommendations from the CDC and MN Department of Health, birthday parties are held entirely outdoors.
Your celebration includes access to the Dodge schoolhouse where your group can play, eat, and enjoy your birthday party. The schoolhouse has electricity, running water, is air conditioned in the summer, and heated in the winter. It does not have a refrigerator or freezer. Please bring a cooler as an alternative. The nature center does not provide games, decorations, treats or entertainment, but you can personalize your event by bringing your own ideas and materials.
Choose from a variety of themes to fit party goer ages and your birthday season.
Look for scat, tracks, and animal homes, followed by a visit to the pond trying your skills on the kicksleds.
Hike Dodge in search of animal homes, tracks, scat, and more.
Discover the critters that live in water here at the Dodge ponds.
Hike to the barn to learn about farm life and meet the barn animals.
Explore the prairie using sweep nets and hike around Dodge to find some of Minnesota's smallest residents.
Be a detective as you inspect animal artifacts and meet some Minnesota wildlife to get to know your animal neighbors better.
Meet camouflaged critters and learn all about how wild animals hide in plain sight! Play outdoor versions of hide-and-seek using their tricks.
Climb "Challenge Hill," build forts, and explore the woods.
Get up close and personal with tromping turtles, hopping frogs, and slithering snakes. This is an indoor activity.
Learn how to build shelters and fires for survival situations. Bring hot dogs to roast over the fire for lunch.